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Cairnfield (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)

Site Name Fanblair

Classification Cairnfield (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 12598

Site Number NH53NW 20

NGR NH 5071 3581

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kiltarlity And Convinth
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH53NW 20 5071 3581.

At NH 5071 3581, on a rounded hill-top, is an oval stone-walled hut (described by Wallace (T Wallace 1886)), measuring c.13.0m from WNW to ESE by c.11.5m transversely between wall centres. The wall is spread to c.3.0m at the rear splaying to c.4.5m at the "clubbed" entrance in the ESE. The NE arc is mutilated. Outside the entrance is part of a saddle quern, described by Wallace as a "rubbing" stone. There are several stone clearance heaps in the vicinity of the hut but rig and furrow cultivation, the furrows stopping short of or going round the heaps, has destroyed details of cultivation plots.

Surveyed at 1/10 000.

Visited by OS (R L) 10 Feburary 1970

This hut-circle and field-system, covering about 1.1 hectares, were visited during a pre-afforestation survey by J Wordsworth (NMRS MS 961/9, no.3). The cultivation seems to follow a small terrace and the boundary of the rig is possibly marked by a dyke.

J Wordsworth 15 December 1995; NMRS MS 961/9, no.3


Field Visit (18 September 1943)

This site was recorded as part of the RCAHMS Emergency Survey, undertaken by Angus Graham and Vere Gordon Childe during World War 2. The project archive has been catalogued during 2013-2014 and the material, which includes notebooks, manuscripts, typescripts, plans and photographs, is now available online.

Information from RCAHMS (GF Geddes) 12 November 2014.


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